Uttar Pradesh government’s curfew on after 8 p.m. coaching classes for women has raised concerns.

What are the various measurements implemented in UP under the ‘Safe City Scheme?’

In Uttar Pradesh, the announcement by the state government of a new policy to not allow women in coaching center classes after 8 pm has caused various protests and controversy.

The project was announced in 2018 under the name of “Safe City Project” under the Ministry of Home Affairs with the objectives of protecting and empowering women. Through this, the Ministry of Women and Child Development under the Nirbhaya Fund is working in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs. According to this, they have announced various things including the installation of CCTV cameras in public places.

Uttar Pradesh Government’s Announcement on ‘Safe City Scheme’:

Now the Uttar Pradesh state government has also announced that this scheme of the Union government has been started in their state. According to the plan, in the first phase, CCTV cameras will be installed in government and non-government schools, colleges, and universities in 17 municipalities including Gautam Buddha Nagar to improve security, and it also added private coaching classes for girls should no longer run beyond 8 in the evenings. Following this, these announcements will be implemented in the second phase in 57 district capitals and the third phase in 143 municipalities.

Also, a total of 26,568 CCTVs have been installed in 1,692 schools and 418 training institutes under this scheme, while the work of installing CCTV cameras in the remaining 808 schools and 188 training institutes is on a fast-track basis. These CCTV cameras are also being integrated with the control room of the smart city project.

In this case, the announcement that women’s coaching centers are not allowed to operate beyond 8 o’clock at night, and action will be taken if they operate after 8, has caused a great shock among women entrepreneurs, social activists, and college students who attend evening coaching classes.

What does the NCRB data say?

According to National Crime Records Bureau 2021 (NCRB 2021) data, the average number of crimes against one lakh women in India in 2020 was 56.5 and has increased to 64.5 in 2021.

And among the states where crimes against women are high, in the sections related to the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Special Local Law (SLL), Uttar Pradesh is at the top in the last three years 2019, 2020 and 2021 with 59853, 49385 and 56083 respectively.

It is followed by Rajasthan, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Odisha. Tamil Nadu is seen with the numbers of 5934 in 2019, 6630 in 2020, and 8501 in 2021.

In 2021 alone, 31.8 percent of crimes were committed against women by husbands and their relatives, 20.8 percent of crimes were committed with the intention of disturbing the peace of women, 17.6 percent of crimes related to kidnapping women, and 7.4 percent of crimes related to rape of women have occurred.

Are crimes against women committed just because they go out at night?

Crimes against women are mostly committed in public places like buses, bus stands, public toilets, railway stations, roads, etc. In this case, it is not known how the Uttar Pradesh government’s announcement that CCTV cameras will be installed only in colleges and schools without installing CCTV cameras in the above mentioned public areas will be beneficial.

While most of the students who attend evening training classes travel at night after class, we need to ensure their safety, but providing guidelines to prevent girls from going to classes after evening hours is not always a solution.

In India, where cities like Chennai are listed as first in the country for women safety, Uttar Pradesh’s announcement that women cannot go out to study at night is the height of a regressive reaction!

 

Links

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleaseIframePage.aspx?PRID=1913899

U.P. govt. asks departments to complete phase I work of ‘Safe City’ project in 3 months

Safe city project

Safe city framework guideline

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